Edge Hill University


“Edge Hill University is located in the 12th century market town of Ormskirk, England close to bustling cities of Liverpool, and Manchester. We have been welcoming international students to our university for many years.

The institution’s significant success in achieving its mission is recognised by a range of awards and high rankings for teaching, student experience, accommodation and more. Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The University is also one of the select few to have held the coveted UK University of the Year title, awarded by Times Higher Education (2014/15)”


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Study Abroad at Edge Hill

Edge Hill University is in the cute little town of Ormskirk. If you’re all about cute storybook towns, this is the place for you. If you’re more of a city person, you may want to spend a lot of your time in nearby cities like Liverpool. I will say the city and the campus can be a bit slow, at least compared to my home city and home university. But, if you’re studying abroad to get some time to yourself and have some time to think, then that’s perfect! The schedule at Edge Hill also allows for some flexible travel time, so if you’re wanting to explore nearby countries, then it’s great! Probably some of my favorite parts about being at Edge Hill were just walking around Ormskirk on the market days, being able to take a slow start to the day just for time to myself. The campus and town really lends itself to that. Overall, I would recommend the program for anyone who wants to take an opportunity to slow down for a bit and explore. I probably wouldn’t recommend it to someone who wants to pursue a lot of projects and be really involved on campus.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did it all again, I would establish more of a sense of routine. I got very overwhelmed by the amount of free time I had, and I wish I had taken advantage of it by picking up a hobby or exercising more.
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I had the most positive experience studying abroad at Edge Hill in the Fall Term of 2018! Ormskirk is a quaint, safe town full of affordable restaurants and pubs walking distance from campus. Campus itself is picturesque with modern facilities for the students. The International Office was extremely supportive throughout my entire experience, both with academic and emotional support. They put on free coach day-trips to cities such as Conwy, Wales, and York, so us international students had the opportunity to see the beauty of the surrounding areas at no expense. The close location to Liverpool provided an excellent experience for me, as I was able to get into the city center by train in about thirty minutes. Because living in Ormskirk was relatively inexpensive, I was able to travel on the weekends via Liverpool Airport, Manchester Airport, and the train. All in all, I had the best time, and would absolutely recommend EHU to any student planning to study abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for anyone studying at Edge Hill is to sign up for their Global Friends program, where an international student is paired up with an EHU student. Global Friends can answer any questions about the school, the culture, show the international student around campus and Ormskirk- anything! I had such an incredible experience with this, and wound up with a travel buddy friend for life!
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study abroad ormskirk with grand valley summer term

edge hill is an approachable, friendly school in a rural setting. it's a great base to explore other regions of the uk and offers a serene atmosphere. the grand valley program offered classes from the stateside university housed within the ormskirk campus so our experience with academics a edge hill was limited. granted, a few of the buildings were heavily used by students, like the dance/bar/laundry space and the international dorms, but, hey, it's a college replete with students living on their own for the first time. especially conducive to studying were several nooks within buildings that offered quietude. this is a fine place to actually connect with other students as it generally is a slower-paced, relaxed campus environment. transportation to the town of ormskirk itself from campus proper is no problem, and it is a sweet, easy train ride away to liverpool. i felt very safe on campus and generally amidst open-minded individuals.

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Higher than 10

If I could rate the summer program at Edge Hill for international students higher than a "10," I would. This year's program included trips to Liverpool, Manchester, the Lake District, and Stratford-upon-Avon, among other things, and every detail was carefully planned and carried out so that the students had the most positive experience possible. Beth Spears was a wonderful addition to the International Office staff, and because her time was dedicated to our travel groups, she was able to make sure everything came off without a hitch. I am very grateful for the work of the entire International staff. Our students loved their time at Edge Hill and their experience in the UK, and I am eager to return with another group in 2018. This experience is everything it should be for college students studying away from home: safe, fun, and welcoming, but also adventurous, wide-scoped, and flexible. A high-impact experience!

As a faculty member, the amount of assistance we get from the International Office at Edge Hill and the efficiency and friendliness of their work makes this one of the most attractive programs I have been exposed to.

What would you improve about this program?
It is perfect as it is, flexible enough to meet the needs of very diverse groups.
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Amazing once in a lifetime Study Abroad

Edge Hill University was a fantastic host while our American University visited! During our time there was a perfect balance between classroom time at Edge Hill and day excursions to various cities throughout England. The professors were so kind and welcoming each week we attended class. Edge Hill's campus is beautiful, I really enjoyed the campus overall. Our liaison from the international office Beth strived to give us the best study abroad experience possible! She handled all logistics and each day trip was maximize! She worked so hard Meeting all of needs while we were at Edge Hill.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Holly Gilligan

Job Title
International Coordinator
I grew up not far from where I work now, but I knew I wanted to study abroad at university... so I went first to compote my undergrad in Scotland and onto Canada for my SA year.
Holly Gilligan

What is your favorite travel memory?

Touring around Canada with my cousin after my year abroad ended. She flew out to meet me in Toronto and we headed West to the Rockies, through Banff, Jasper, and Calgary before heading out to Vancouver, wandering around Washington's museums with friends I made from the course (who are still friends!).

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In a myriad of ways! My confidence in myself has greatly increased as I have been given more responsibility and trust. Despite understanding and appreciating what my personal experience of study abroad did for me, I am now passionate about what it can do for every student. I would like it if every university student had the opportunity to study aboard.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Better than any single story or achievement are the countless account from students who have grown in confidence and self-esteem by studying abroad. What is most gratifying to me is seeing how their belief in themselves grown in leaps and bounds after completing their mobility - once you shave studies and lived in another country, made friends, and gained independence, everything else feels easy!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Not everyone is able to complete a full semester or year abroad and so I think that the summer programmes offered at Edge Hill University are really wonderful, as they allow students a shorter but just as life changing opportunity to experience another county and culture.

We have so many opportunities to choose from that I think there is something to suit every student.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our location makes us unique, being in a semi-rural setting within local community students really get a truly British experience. Our small international intake means that integration with British students is inevitable and a key part of why so many of our past students enjoyed their time with us.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Teamwork. We have a small tight-knit team who work collaboratively to ensure that every international student has the best experience possible with us. No matter your problem or concern, students will always find staff members willing to help in the office. So when you are here, please make sure you come in and see us!